Website PIP (Pursuing Independent Paths)

PIP works mainly in the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster communities to support adults with learning disabilities and autism. Our focus is on teaching and learning life skills so those we work with self-identify as PiP students. Ranging in age from 18 to 92, our average student is around 34 years old.

PiP students have a range of learning disabilities including Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), dual diagnosis with mental health problems and/or physical health conditions such as Diabetes and Epilepsy.

What’s in it for you?

You will be joining a friendly board with a variety of skills and you will gain immense satisfaction from a role in which you will steward our mission to combat social inequalities and their effect on people with learning disabilities. Your involvement will mean we can ensure that every PiP student has a voice and can make their own choices about their own lives.

Role & Person Specification

As Chair your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Chair meetings of the PIP Board of Trustees, providing leadership and support to the CEO including meeting regularly to discuss current issues
  • Lead the board in the performance of their roles and scrutiny of PiP’s work
  • Enable trustees to fully engage with their role, board sessions, and the organisation’s work
  • Hold the CEO to account for the performance and financial sustainability of the charity and give appropriate support and challenge
  • Oversee the strategic direction, financial management & performance of the organisation
  • Provide leadership for the organisation
  • Support in the income generation, communications, and community engagement of the organisation
  • Lead on the appointment of trustees and CEO as required and ensure that posts receive appropriate induction, advice, training and information
  • Ensure that PIP complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations

PiP is looking for an individual with the following skills and experience:

  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Good communication skills with the ability to inform and engage a wide range of audiences
  • An understanding of leadership, management and governance and the respective roles of the Chair, the Board and the Chief Executive
  • The ability to understand and scrutinise the financial management of the organisatio
  • An understanding of the importance of PiP’s work and our person-centred approach to addressing inequalities for adults with learning disabilities
  • A willingness to commit time and effort to the development of PIP
  • The ability to engage comfortably at all levels
  • A commitment to PiP’s values

How to apply

Eastside People is supporting PIP (Pursuing Independent Paths) in the recruitment for this role.

Please submit your CV and a cover letter, which should indicate why you are interested in applying for the Chair role and joining PIP, how you meet the role requirements, as outlined in the Candidate Information Pack and how your skills and experience would add value to the organisation.

If you would like a call to discuss the role in more detail, please email Lucinda at to arrange a convenient time. Having a call of this kind will not influence the success or otherwise of your application.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential. Please contact us if you require any assistance or adjustment so that we can make the application process work for you.

The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Wednesday 5 June and interviews with the recruitment panel at PIP will take place week commencing 10 June.

The successful candidate will be asked to attend the Board meeting on 8 July at 5.00 pm – 7:00 pm to meet the trustees.

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